Today my musings started after I looked back at something I started to write before Christmas. As I read it over I was amused by the different things that I was thinking about just 3 weeks ago:
This morning I find myself thinking about laptops, thinking about what I would want in one, when it hit me what I really want isn’t a computer or tablet, though both would be nice. What I want is to code. When ever I think about them I think about programming, and it comes to me that I don’t cod like I used too. I find I miss it. But the thing is I’ve lost the drive. I used to code anywhere, notebooks, loose paper, even scraps. At the end of the work day I would print code to work I during my compute home. Now I don’t. Sometimes i sketch out ideas or interfaces, but I used to side. I have a file folder at home with a bunch of hand written code. What happened. Why can’t I write like I used to.
In the weeks since I wrote that I got a tablet, so things have changed some, and my focus seems to be swinging more to the writing than coding. Though I’ve yet to find a good way to code on my tablet, perhaps when I do, my mornings will be spent on a that instead of my musings. Of course I might never find a good or enjoyable way to code on here(My Nexus 7). Though I guess that’s what I was yearning for when I started writing that passage last month. The ability to just code, to write out a program with no tools, just a pen and paper. It’s something I have lost, something writing gives me. When I start looking at a blank screen I can just let the thoughts flow from me onto it.
I would like to say that I lost the ability because the programs I write Today are so much more complex than when I was younger, but I don’t think that’s what it is. I rely more on the tools, with auto complete and quick look ups, then I used to and I find I’m lost without them. I need to find a way to get back to programming. I’m thinking I need to start programing more with less. Perhaps the only tool I need for my tablet is a notepad and some problems to solve.
So where does that leave me? What is my next step? For now I’m thinking I’ll keep focusing on my writing, there is enough programming challenges at work right now to keep my mind engaged on that front, but at the same time I think I will start looking for coding challenges I can do. I’m also on the lookout for a good Android based IDE or Code Editor. I really want to be able to code anywhere and the easiest way to do that is to code on my Nexus 7.